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Evaluation of Implementation of Intermittent Screening and Treatment for Control of Malaria in Pregnancy in Jharkhand, India

March 17, 2020 - 16:25 -- Open Access
Webster J, Mishra V, Anvikar A, Kuepfer I, Hoyt J, Bruce J, Greenwood B, Chandramohan D, Valecha N, Mishra N
Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 Mar 9

This study evaluated intermittent screening and treatment during pregnancy (ISTp) for malaria using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) at antenatal care (ANC) compared with passive case detection within the routine health system. The mixed-method evaluation included two cross-sectional household surveys (pre- and post-implementation of ISTp), in-depth interviews with health workers, and focus group discussions (FGDs) with pregnant women.

Effect of group versus individual antenatal care on uptake of intermittent prophylactic treatment of malaria in pregnancy and related malaria outcomes in Nigeria and Kenya: analysis of data from a pragmatic cluster randomized trial

February 3, 2020 - 17:17 -- Open Access
Lisa Noguchi, Lindsay Grenier, Oniyire Adetiloye, et al.
Malaria Journal 2020 19:51, 29 January 2020

Every year, malaria in pregnancy contributes to approximately 20% of stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa and 10,000 maternal deaths globally. Most eligible pregnant women do not receive the minimum three recommended doses of intermittent preventive treatment with Sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP). The objective of this analysis was to determine whether women randomized to group antenatal care (G-ANC) versus standard antenatal care (ANC) differed in IPTp uptake and insecticide-treated nets (ITN) use.

Vivax malaria in pregnancy and lactation: a long way to health equity

January 27, 2020 - 13:30 -- Open Access
Tobias Brummaier, Mary Ellen Gilder, Gornpan Gornsawun, Cindy S. Chu, Germana Bancone, Mupawjay Pimanpanarak, Kesinee Chotivanich, François Nosten and Rose McGready
Malaria Journal 2020 19:40, 22 January 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) call for increased gender equity and reduction in malaria-related mortality and morbidity. Plasmodium vivax infections in pregnancy are associated with maternal anaemia and increased adverse perinatal outcomes. Providing radical cure for women with 8-aminoquinolines (e.g., primaquine) is hindered by gender-specific complexities.

Health system, socio-cultural, economic, environmental and individual factors influencing bed net use in the prevention of malaria in pregnancy in two Ghanaian regions

November 19, 2019 - 06:09 -- Open Access
Matilda Aberese-Ako, Pascal Magnussen, Gifty D. Ampofo and Harry Tagbor
Malaria Journal 2019 18:363, 12 November 2019

Improving maternal health remains a priority to the Ghanaian government. Consequently, it has implemented the World Health Organization recommendation of distributing free long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to pregnant women—one of the effective strategies to combating malaria in pregnancy. However, the burden of negative outcomes of malaria in pregnancy such as low birth weight and miscarriages is still high. This may be related to the health system, socio-cultural and economic dynamics that influence LLIN use, but their role is not well understood. This ethnographic study sought to understand health system, socio-cultural, economic and environmental dynamics in utilization of LLINs among pregnant women in two Ghanaian regions.

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